Marathon Maniacs News Letter – June / July 2007
· 29 new members for the month of June (611 total members)
· Marathon Junkie is back…wins the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon
· Gregg Walchli and Merita Trohimovich Pollard wins the Green River Marathon
· aNnIe Thiessen wins the San Juan Island Marathon
Maniacal Clan at the Hatfield McCoy Marathon Fancy Maniac legs…the owner?
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Marathon Maniacs at the Newport Marathon
"Hippo" Nicholson, Eric Gierke, Marc Frommer and May Cheng David Nemoto, Hollywood and "ricochet" Murray
The Marathon Maniacs…At the Races
Blanchard Mountain Ultra: Stacy "PoSSuM" Otter, Diana "sLuG" Robinson
FANS 12/24 Hour Run: Marshall King
Forest of Nisene Marathon: Jon "Ice" Burg
God's Country Marathon: Frank Colella, Dick Vogt
Governor's Cup Marathon: Edward McGowan
Green River Marathon: Jim Anderson, Steve Barrick, Eric Bean, Jim Boyd, Mark Cook, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Steve Ellis, Hope Fox, James Goetschius, Christie Hayes, Bret Fat-Boyee Henry, Jane Herzog, Robert Hester, Jill Hudson, James Ibabao, Pedro Infante, Barefoot Jon, Mark King, Phil "Uncle Philly" Kriss, Mark Looi, Matt Manning, Amy Mathis, Little Leslie Miller, Lori Morgan, Jessica Mullen, Monte Pascual, Valentine-John Ridao, Tom Rogers, Catherine "Cat" Schwartz, Ray Shaw, Kent Sizer, David Spooner, Brian Starkey, Tom Stoltz, Steve Stoyles, Jeff Veneble. The race summary from marathonguide.com. Gregg Walchli, 44 of Seattle WA, the winner of the 2007 Desert Classic and Diamond Valley Lake Challenge Marathons, won the 2007 Green River Marathon in 3:17:04. David Spooner, 38 of Buckley WA, finished second in 3:24:10. Mitch Parker, 46 of Kent WA, was third in 3:32:35. 2006 runner-up Merita T. Pollard was the first female finisher in 3:41:47. Iliana Avila, 29 of Bellevue WA, finished second in 3:45:37. Jennifer Block, 44 of Puyallup WA, was third in 3:47:24.
Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run: Rob Cowan
Old Dominion 100 Mile Run: Andy Kumeda
Ridge Runner Races: Terry Sentinella
Hollywood and Brandy Garton "pigtails" Sherry and "Coconutboy" Mahoney and "Hippo"
Newport Marathon: Maniac #200, Bill "HotRod" Barmore, May Cheng, Dick Decker, Christel Elliot, Sue Fauerbach, Marc Frommer, Eric Gierke, Richard "Road Kill" Haase, Clay Hathorn, Jake Lin, Jon "Coconutboy" Mahoney, Sherry Mahoney, Susan Marshall, Wendy Marshall, Sean Meissner, Cyndie Merten, Dave Miller, Paula Montague, Jim Morton, David "ricochet" Murray, David Nemoto, Pete "Hippo" Nicholson, Gary Otheim, Cliff "quack quack" Richards, Fenny Roberts, Jim Scheer, Gregory Taylor, Maniac #3 tp!, Ed Walsh, Hollywood Warren, Prez Steven Yee . More marahonguide.com news. In the women's division Leigh Church, of West Linn OR, who won the 2006 Walk With Me Marathon, was the winner in 3:13:42. Van "Pigtails" Phan, of Maple Valley WA, the runner-up of the 2007 Birch Bay Marathon and winner of the 2006 Gateway To The Pacific Marathon, finished second in 3:14:52. Lara Scott, of Vancouver BC Canada, was third in 3:17:18
The Newport Marathon as told by Dick Decker: Well, at least, Marc did not say that I
"lost" by 5 seconds or that I got 2nd by 5 seconds (which would sound
like I only beat 3rd by 5 sec's). But the Race Director sure had fun with
"only 5 seconds" at the Awards Ceremony. Sometimes I think that
having memories and a good story to tell afterwards is more important than
actual race times or place. I'll certainly remember my THIRD 2nd place finish
at this marathon. Now it looks like I'll have to do the dang thing again next
year to try once more for a 1st place. This was my 5th running of this
wonderful course with the most perfect weather I've ever had for a marathon.
You never know who will be at any of these races. There were runners from all
over including North Carolina and Texas and Canada. This one came all the way
from Canada and then passed me on the downhill just 200 yards before the
finish. I couldn't respond fast enough to catch
him in time. So now I guess I'll have to go to Vancouver and beat him!
Marc Frommer and Dick Decker Sean Meissner Susan and Wendy Marshall
(P.S. I think my wife (and RP's) are glad I did not win
since I would be difficult to live with. Also I probably would have stopped
training for the summer basking in the glow of 1st Place victor. Now I've got
to train harder, lose weight, yada ,yada...) It's ironic that we are happiest
when we meet or exceed our own personal goals and not necessarily thrilled with
our place-performance if that place did not meet our goal. My goal was to beat
my Phoenix time of 3:25 (which
I did by 3 minutes) so I was quite satisfied with 3:22:37. I think someone else was quite pleased with her PR-time even though it was a 2nd place finish. By contrast two other runners did not run as fast as they had hoped or expected but still finished with 1st place AG 'victories'. Come to think of it, I would have been exceedingly happy to finish in the top 100 IF I had been able to do a PR marathon! What I liked most about this smallish marathon was getting to run and
socialize with all the great runners I've run with over the last decade. One guy came up to me at the Start and introduced himself - said I had run with him once and that he noted my fast time at Newport last year so he decided to train for it to try and get his BQ - he got it on Saturday! It's a great feeling to know that I had a small part in helping him to achieve his goal.
David Miller Fenny Roberts and James Scheer Cyndie Merten
As for the race itself, not much to say...I was trying to
run according to my heart rate and not my pace. I started off at about 7:45mpm
and kept the heart rate below my 70% zone; then after a few miles, after
leaving Historic Downtown, I let it go to 140 bpm and tried to hold it there
thru the Half. The Half was close to where I wanted at 1:41 since I was trying
to beat 3:25. On the return it got up to 153 for a mile as I was trying to keep
up with Bill Barmore but I let him go since I was breathing too hard and
dropped it back down to 149bmp where it was "comfortably challenging".
I ended up with 3:22:37. The old Polar HRM worked great and I was able to hit
VERY even splits of 7:31 even though I walked a few steps at every water stop...well, until the last 5 miles when I
slowed to 8:30's but kept the HRM at 149bpm. No cramps :) Then the HRM LOST all
the splits by the time I had walked back to the hotel. It does this every time!
And I walked back this time through Historic Oldtown and
really enjoyed the quiet, the flowers, murals (they've added more I'm sure) and
then, the inevitable hill to the hotel by the beach. I tried seriously to get
into Mary's car for the ride back but the cramps hit big time. Walking helps
but then I took so long that I didn't have time to wade into the ocean before
Marc's and Giorgio's get-together. Early last year I had given up on 3:30's as
well but then came Newport and then Portland so worked hard for Boston only to
get disappointed. I'm considering
Portland to try again to break 3:18, but not sure I'm willing to put forth that
Ed Walsh Clay Hathorn Christel Elliot and son George "quack quack" Richards
Sunburst Marathon: Michael Brisbois, Tim Collins, Ron Knecht,
David Malone, Aaron Pendergraft, Michael Shilling, Bill Zulas. The race
summary from marathonguide.com: The 2006 Sunburst Marathon winner, Justin
Gillette, looked like he wanted to do it again. From the start, Gillette took
off like a rabbit with 2006 runner-up and third place finishers Chad Ware and
Chuck Engle following. But Gillette - who already has four top-three marathon
finishes in 2007 - wasn't feeling well and had to drop out at mile 17, not able
to successfully defend his title. Instead, Chad Ware, 22 of Mishawaka IN,
continued his march up the standings by moving from third place in 2005 to
second in 2006 to the winner's circle in 2007 - taking the win in 2:34:34. Chuck Engle, 36 of Columbus OH, who was third at the Sunburst Marathon in
2006, finished as runner-up in 2:42:47. Hunter Brock, 29 of Lisle IL, was
3rd in 2:53:59.
Caspar Wyoming Marathon: Kevin Brosi, Claude Hicks, Jr., Angela Ivory, Art Jacobsen, Henry Rueden, Amy Yanni
Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon: Cowboy Jeff Bishton, Kevin Carrothers, Michael Szklarz, Darwin "runninguy" Weimer, Carole Williams, Retro Rob Willis
Hitchcock Woods 50km: Russ Johnson, Dean Schuster
NipMuck Trail Marathon: Frank Colella, Don "The Rev" Kienz, Emmy Stocker, Bekkie Wright
Steamboat Marathon: Tom Craven, Doug Meadows, David Stout, Gayle Zorrilla
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon: Jonathan Bernard, Brad Bleiweis, Andre Boulais, Gayle Boulais, Jon "Ice" Burg, Diva Burns, David Campbell, Karen Carpenter, William Coumbe, Ed Ellis, Bob English, Eddie Hahn, Larry Herman, Mike Herrin, Tom Hosner, Christine Humble, Ed Invik, Scott Insley, Deo Jaravata, Johnny "Shaka" Landeza, Michael Larkin, Jon "Coconutboy" Mahoney, Sherry Mahoney, Dana Mosell, Les Omura, Silverio "Silver" Rivas, Quicksilver - Runner, Dennis "Grissle Missile" Spurlock, Keith Whited
Tom Hosner running his 100th marathon at the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. His treat was running with his daughters
San Juan Island
Marathon: Linda Barton, Ruben
Contreras, Hope Fox, Christie Hayes, David Jones, Robert "srlopez"
Lopez, Matt Manning, Gunhild Swanson, Jack Swanson, aNnIe Thiessen, Jeff
Veneble, Hollywood Warren, Cynthia "Draggon" Witman. The summary
from marathonguide.com: Annie Thiessen,
36 of Tacoma WA, who was the
runner-up of the 2007 Tacoma City Marathon, was the first female finisher in
3:25:21. Defending Champion Jodi Brautaset, 31 of Mount Vernon WA, who was
runner-up at the 2007 Wenatchee Marathon, finished second in 3:26:53.
Anntionette McCormack, 25 of Mount Vernon WA, was third in 3:34:46.
aNnIe Thiessen and Gunhild Swanson Hope Fox and Christie Hayes J.Lo. and "srlopez" Jessica Mullen and Linda Barton
Hatfield-McCoy Marathon: Bryan Baroffio, Kevin Brosi, Jim Collins, Bill Doernbach, Claude Hicks Jr., David Hunt, Angela Ivory, Mark Janosky, Russ Johnson, Todd King, Ron Knecht, Shari Nemeth, David Maxey, Dr. Ashis Roy, "Grannie" Annie Singer, Marv "The Commissioner" Winters, Fiona Wright, Wayne Wright, Amy Yanni. From marathonguide.com. 2004 Champion Chuck Engle, 36 of Columbus OH, the winner of the 2007 "Last Chance for Boston" Marathon and runner-up of the 2007 Sunburst Marathon, won the 2007 Hatfield-McCoy Marathon in 2:51:10. James Boddy, 37 of Cibolo TX, finished second in 3:00:15.
Lake Youngs Ultra: Ruth Balf, Steve Barrick, Eric Bean, Jim Boyd, May Cheng, Tony (*tc) Covarrubias, Sarah Duncan, Steve Ellis, Robert Hester, Jill Hudson, Shawn Lawson, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Stacy "PoSSuM" Otter, Lesa Overfield, Monte Pascual, Brian Pendleton, Van "pigtails" Phan, Diana "sLuG" Robinson, Marilou Russell, Brian Starkey, Steve Stoyles, Sam Thompson, Scott Tomchick, Joseph Tompkins, Linda Walter, Karen "Sushi" Wiggins
Mont Saint Michel Marathon: David England
Pittsfield Peak Ultra Challenge: Laura Bleakley
Teton DAM Marathon: Kenneth Hart, Bill Mandler, Michael Szklarz. The review from marathonguide.com. Clyde Behunn, 28 of St. George UT, won the 2007 Teton DAM Marathon in 2:40:11. Defending Champion Jeff Shadley, 38 of Idaho Falls ID, who was runner-up of the 2006 Pocatello Marathon, finished second in 2:44:05. Kory Wheatley, 35 of Pocatello ID, was third in 2:59:37.
Holcomb Valley 33 Miler: David Campbell, Jon "Coconutboy" Mahoney, Natalia Norman
Mountain Madness Marathon: Richard Stewart
Lake Placid Marathon: Frank Colella. Yet another Maniac in the marathonguide.com race summary: Daniel Dominie, 43 of Canton NY, won the 2007 Lake Placid Marathon in 2:53:57. Bobby Aswell, Jr., 44 of Cornelius NC, finished second in 3:00:50. Gene Jochen, 45 of Peterborough ON, who was the runner-up of the 2006 Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon, was third in 3:01:07. Below is an article of marathon in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:
Runner third in Lake
Marathon Maniac Gene Jochen, 45, finished third overall at the Lake Placid Marathon Sunday, June 10 in 3:01.07.
It was Jochen's 31st marathon race. He told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
He plans to return to the Olympic Village when the event returns for its fourth season. "This is one of my favourite races," Jochen is quoted in yesterday's edition. "I love the rolling hills, it's incredibly scenic and the fans along the way are great. You can really feel the Olympic spirit in this race, especially when you enter the oval and head for the finish line. I'll be back. I had a great time."
Gene Jochen at Lake Placid NODM: Ray Shaw, Eric and Michelle Barnes, Melissa Martin, Jane Herzog Bonni Brooks
North Olympic Discovery Marathon: Michelle Barnes, Bonni Brooks, Amanda Cohn, Dave Conger, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Sue Fauerbach, Ginger Gruber, Jane Herzog, Mark King, Kurt Lauer, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Tamara Mackey, Bob Martin, Kate Merrill, Little Leslie Miller, Jessica Mullen, Bill Powers, Bruce Quam, Jeanette Quintana, Tom Rogers, Marilou Russell, Ray Shaw, Michael Shiach, David Spooner, Tom Stoltz, Steve Supkoff, Gunhild Swanson, Jack Swanson, Michael Wakabayashi, Hollywood Warren, Steve White, Cynthia "Draggon" Witman, Prez Steven Yee
Steve Supkoff and Earl Fenstermacher Steve White Marilou Russell
Grandma's Marathon: Dave Bell, Robert Britain, Gary Geuss, Marius Hansen, Steve Johnson, Chester Kalb, James Klarich, Trent Rosenbloom, Bekkie Wright
Highland Sky 40 Mile Trail Run: J.R. "The Turtle" Ankney, Frank Colella, Emmy Stocker
Marathon-to-Marathon: Tim Chesko, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, David Reid
Mohican 100 Mile Trail Run: Andrew Edwards
Santa Cruz Mountains 50 km: Rob Cowan
Bighorn 50km/50M/100M: Gilles Barbeau, Larry Herman, Sean Meissner, Van "pigtails" Phan, Olga Varlamova
Manitoba Marathon: Darwin "runninguy" Weimer
Mary's Birthday Marathon: Linda Barton, Jim Boyd, James Klarich, Mary Latta, Amy Mathis, Little Leslie Miller, Jessica Mullen, Stacy "PoSSuM" Otter, Monte Pascual, Brian Pendleton, Michael Rasmussen, Diana "sLuG" Robinson, Terry Sentinella, Tom Stoltz, Joseph Tompkins, Gregg Walchli, Hollywood Warren
Estes Park Marathon: Corrine Austerman, David Hamilton, Joanne Jackson, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Doug Meadows, Keith "Kip" Panzer, Johnny Spriggs, Amy Yanni, Gayle Zorrilla
Boonsom Hartman finishing the 50 state circuit for the second time at the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon, with Larry Macon
Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon: Cowboy Jeff Bishton, Robert Britain, Boonsom Hartman, Harry Hoffman, Josh Leibman, Larry Macon, David Malone, Gay Renouf, Rick "Pole" Smith
Niagara Ultra 50km: Frank Colella, Tammy Massie
Pacific Crest Marathon: Robert Jacobsen, Little Leslie Miller, Monte Pascual, Van "pigtails" Phan, Valentine-John Ridao, Jeffrey Roger, David Stout, Gunhild Swanson, Jack Swanson, Steve "Marathon Freak" Walters
To Bone and Back 40 Mile: Bill Mandler
Western States 100M: Meghan Arbogast, Tony (*tc) Covarrubias, Andy Kumeda
Estes Park Marathon Maniacs Kona Marathon Maniacs
srlopez, David Hamilton, Corinne Austerman, Amy Yanni Shaka, Elisa Hawkins, Alfredo Aromin, srlopez, Gary Marr, the Higas and Les Omura
Coeur d'Alene Marathon: Art Jacobsen, Dennis "Grissle Missle" Spurlock, Maniac #3 tp!
Kona Marathon: Alfredo Aromin, Elisa Hawkins, Carole "Forever Bronze" Higa, Michael Higa, Nicholas Kaiser, Johnny "Shaka" Landeza, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Gary "The Red Rabbit" Marr, Les Omura
Classic Quarter 44 Mile: Walter Spenst
Finger Lake Fifties Trail Runs: Laura Bleakley, Frank Colella
Pacifica Trail 50km: Rob Cowan
Running With The Devil 50M: Dennis Barrett, Eddie Hahn
Surviving the Rainfest at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon
Bruce Quam and Dave Conger Hollywood, Kate Merrill and the Prez
Noteworthy Accomplishments / Promotions / Omissions / Maniac Stuff:
Ø Palladium (7 star) Maniac: Jon "Coconutboy" Mahoney (13 in 12 weeks)
Ø Osmium (6 star) Maniac: Frank Colella (6 marathons in 3 weeks)
Ø Ruthenium (5 star) Maniac: Jeff Veneble (4 in 9 days), Sherry Mahoney, Cyndie Merten (3 states in 8 days), Russ Johnson (13 states in 10 months)
Ø Iridium (4 star) Maniac: Little Leslie Miller (7 in 7 weeks), Jane Herzog, Ray Shaw, Linda Barton, Jessica Mullen, James Klarich (4 in 4 weeks), Marius Hansen (9 states in 12 months), Hope Fox, Christie Hayes, Marilou Russell (2 in 2 days)
Ø Gold Maniacs (3 star): Dean Hutchinson (4 states in 44 days), David Spooner (5 in 5 weeks), Doug Meadows , Jill Hudson, Tom Rogers (4 in 5 weeks), Bret "Fat-Boyee" Henry (4 in 6 weeks), Mike Rasmussen (4 in 7 weeks)
Ø Silver Maniacs (2 star): Steve Noone (6 in 5 months), Eric Gierke, Michael Larkin, Kate Merrill, Brian Starkey, David Hamilton (6 in 6 months)
Ø 100th ultramarathon mark: Tony (tc*) Covarrubias (Western States)
Ø 50 marathon mark: Joe Poliquin
Ø 50 states and DC Completed: Robert Britain (Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon)
Ø Omission: Jim Collins ran with Fargo Marathon and "Maniacally" drove 8 hours to run the Green Bay marathon the day after!
Ø Meet the Press: Sam Thompson in the July August Issue of Marathon and Beyond and Shelleena Bunker, winner of the 2005 Extreme Makeover in the July's issue of the Northwest Runner.
6/04 - Jim Ibabao #583 (Seattle, Washington): Jim began his marathon running at the 1997 Seattle Marathon and has 9 in his lifetime in 3 states. He recently completed the Capital City and Green River Marathons 16 days apart to qualify for Bronze level status in the Insane Asylum.
6/05 - Jim DeStefano #584 (Veradale, Washington): Jim has qualified for Silver status in the Insane Asylum by completing 8 marathons/ultras in 9 months. He has completed 43 marathons and ultras in his lifetime (6 states and 1 Canadian province), which includes 6 Ironman finishes.
6/05 - Matt Manning #585 (Raymore, Missouri): Having run with the Marathon Junkie at New Year's Eve '06, Matt made a resolution to join the Maniacs at no less than Ruthenium level. He accomplished that feat recently by running 3 marathons (Bayshore, Madison and Green River) in 9 days. And just for emphasis, he ran the San Juan Island Marathon the day after Green River. With 17 lifetime marathons completed in 12 states, you can just feel that Matt is on a roll and there will be no stopping him.
Jim Ibabao Matt Manning Wrayjean Cornwall
6/05 - Wrayjean Cornwall #586 (Anderson, Indiana): Wrayjean likes to spread her marathons out in different states as witnessed by her 13 lifetime marathons in 13 states. In 2006, she completed the Bayshore and two weeks later ran in the Hatfield / McCoy Marathon to qualify for Bronze level in the Insane Asylum.
6/05 - Steve Johnson #587 (Fairview, Texas): Steve started running in 2004 at age 40 and the year after completed his first marathon (Dallas White Rock). Last year in a span of 77 days he completed the Austin, Big D, Oklahoma City and Flying Pig Marathons to qualify for Bronze Maniac membership.
6/06 - Gary Kobold #588 (East Wenatchee, Washington): Gary is starting to catch marathon fever as he's planning to run 8 - 10 marathons by the end of the year. His Bronze maniac qualifier started this past March with the Yakima Canyon Marathon and followed in monthly succession by the Wenatchee and Coeur D'Alene Marathons.
Steve Johnson Valentine-John Riado Teri Petit
6/07 - Valentine-John Riado #589 (Spanaway, Washington): Having met Valentine-John at the end of the Tacoma City Marathon which at the time vowed to eventually become a member of the MM, he has now achieved that erstwhile goal. His Bronze Maniac qualifier included finishing the Yakima River Canyon, Tacoma City and the Green River Marathons within the 3 month period.
6/11 - Teri Petit #590 (River Forest, Illinois): Teri is a Bronze Maniac by virtue of having run the 06 versions of the Chicago and Las Vegas Marathons and having a grand time with Minnie Mouse at the 07 Disney Marathon.
6/13 - Scott Stambaugh #591 (Defiance, Ohio): Scott is a relative newbie to the marathon scene as his first one was run in late 2006 in West Virginia. His Bronze Maniac qualifier happened recently with the completion of the Sunburst Marathon, with the Flying Pig and the ING Georgia also involved in his 3 in 3 month streak.
6/15 - Linda "Girlie" Rowe-O'Neal #592 (Des Moines, Washington): The Maniacs met Linda at the Tacoma City Marathon expo when at that time mentioned that she was gunning for 3 marathons in 3 months to qualify for Maniacdom. With her recent completion at the North Olympic, she has fulfilled that promise and is a Bronze Maniac. She is also a good friend of Maniac Judy Fisher.
6/15 - Dennis Kato #593 (Huntington Beach, California): Dennis ran his first marathon in 1995 (Los Angeles) after training with the LA Roadrunners program and now is helping out as a pace leader on training runs. He owes his Maniac Membership to #578 (Martha C.) whom proudly announced her voluntary commitment to the Insane Asylum on the LVM21 Club message board. Dennis has 45 lifetime marathons to his credit and his best streak occurred this year with 6 marathons in 6 months which makes him Silver.
Scott Stambaugh Linda "Girlie" Rowe-O'Neal Dennis Kato
6/15 - Erin Johnson #594 (Bozeman, Montana): Having just completed two marathons in three weeks (Frederick and Fargo), Erin qualifies for Bronze level induction into the Insane Asylum. Her lifetime totals are 8 marathons in 6 states. She has three more planned for 2007.
6/15 - Francis Agboton #595 (Bellevue, Washington): Francis started his marathon career back in 2003 (Portland) but has widened his repertoire to include ultras, of which he has run five. He recently completed the Ottawa Marathon and Lake Youngs Ultra to qualify for Bronze level in the Insane Asylum.
6/16 - Mimi Walker #596 (Vashon Island, Washington): Mimi was excited about joining the Maniacs as she wrote the initiation board a day after she completed the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Coupled with the Whidbey Island and Tacoma City Marathons, she is certifiably Bronze. She has run 38 lifetime marathons in 8 states and Canada.
6/17 - Cheryl Lager #597 (Newport News, Virginia): Cheryl enters the Insane Asylum as a 4-star Iridium Maniac by virtue of having run marathons in 9 states in one year. She has 27 lifetime marathons and 4 ultras run in 14 states to her credit.
6/20 - Tom Stoltz #598 (Kent, Washington): Tom just started running last year and thought that was fun but when he started "running" into other Maniacs during his marathons, he knew he had finally found "refuge", a place where he could call home again. He recently completed a stretch of 3 marathons (Green River, North Olympic Discovery and Mary's Birthday) to put him into Silver Status in the Insane Asylum.
6/23 - David Maxey #599 (Knoxville, Tennessee): Having heard about the Maniacs from #172 (Wayne W.), David jumped on the Maniac bandwagon right after finishing the Hatfield and McCoy Marathon. With Knoxville and Big Sur, his Bronze Maniac streak is 3 marathons in 10 weeks.
6/23 - Michael Higa #600 (Waipahu, Hawaii): Michael and his wife Carole made their way across the Pacific Ocean to participate in the North Olympic Marathon and met many of the Maniacs there. And of course being friends of Hawaii Maniac recruiter Les Omura, they both vowed to join the Maniac clan. Michael's Bronze Maniac streak was completing the Big Island, Frederick and NODM for 3 in 3 months.
Francis Agboton Cheryl Lager Carole and Mike Higa
6/23 - Heather Lynn Brady #601 (Denver, Colorado): Hmmm, we don't know much about Heather other than she's a 4-star Iridium Maniac by having run marathons in 9 states in one year. So Heather, if you read this newsletter, please resubmit your stats!
6/23 - Eric Klingsporn #602 (Tustin, California): Eric has run a total of 19 marathons and his best Maniac streak were the completions of the Los Angeles, Palos Verdes and San Diego Rock and Roll Marathons within the 3 month period. Currently at Bronze, Eric's goal is to qualify for Gold level by the end of the year.
6/24 - Robert Roach #603 (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada): Welcoming our first Maniac from the picturesque province of Prince Edward Island, Robert's schedule for running is quite tight as he's a member of the Air Force. Currently residing in Ontario, he got the chance to qualify for Bronze Maniacdom there by doing the Mississauga and Ottawa Marathons. He's hoping to qualify for Boston sometime next year.
6/25 - Greg Terry #604 (Tipp City, Ohio): Maniac Membership was a present from Greg's son Kyle. He met the Bronze criteria by running 2 marathons in 7 days. Greg has run 17 lifetime marathons in 5 states.
6/26 - Carole "Forever Bronze" Higa #605 (Waipahu, Hawaii): The wife of recently inducted #600, Carole says that due to residing on the Islands, it will be tough to move up to the next Maniac level, hence the nickname "Forever Bronze". But we all know what will happen, as the marathon addiction gets too strong!
Eric Klingsporn Robert Roach Carole "Forever Bronze" Higa
6/25 - Catherine "Cat" Schwartz #606 (Puyallup, Washington): How appropriate to have a nickname that depicts the official Maniac Mascot! Recently "Cat" ran the Green River Marathon with Maniac #97 and a few weeks before completed the Capital City Marathon to qualify her for Bronze Maniac membership. She's thrilled to have #606 as her official Maniac number as her anniversary is 6/06 (25th year, 4 days after the Green River Marathon!).
6/26 - Ginger Gruber #607 (Port Orchard, Washington): Ginger has run 11 marathons to date and a few of those were at Boston so she definitely has some fast feet. Starting with this year's Boston and followed in successive months by the Tacoma City and North Olympic Marathons, Ginger is a certifiable Bronze Maniac.6/28 - Emmy Stocker #608 (Cos Cob, Connecticut): Emmy had been living vicariously through her MM friends Frank Colella, Bekkie Wright and Joe Poloquin but now has come to join the Insane bunch. And maniacal she is indeed, by having run 3 marathons/ultras in 3 states in 9 days, thus making her a 5-star Ruthenium Maniac. Plus the fact that she has run a total of 71 marathons and ultras in her lifetime.
6/29 - Amy Mathis #609 (North Bend, Washington): Amy recently met the criteria for Bronze Maniac induction by completing the Green River and Mary's Birthday Marathon. She is planning to run her very first ultra this fall and being a Maniac now will provide her with that extra push!
Ginger Gruber Stuart Jackson Mark King
6/29 - Stuart Jackson #610 (Allison Park, Pennsylvania): Stuart comes in as a 4-star Iridum Maniac. Let him tell you his story…
After 2005, I realized that I would have qualified for the bronze level if I had better scheduled some races... I had completed the Atlanta Marathon on Thanksgiving day and Sunmart's Endurance 50k just over two weeks later. Nevertheless I missed it by approximately 1day (I think the requirement is 16days; I had completed these in 17days). I then realized that a great way to be a member of MM would be to complete only international marathons in 2006. However, I screwed this up by signing up and completing the Tupelo Marathon on Labor Day weekend. I attempted to make up for this fault by completing the Frankfurt Marathon XXVII, followed by the Dublin marathon XXV-Â my thinking was that 27years+25years=52miles (26.2*2)... 2 countries in 2days... my wife thinks I'm Stu-pid!
Well, since then I have not completed anything dramatic or worthwhile though I am working on marathons celebrating thirty-year anniversaries. Initially, I proposed this idea as a method of limiting the number of marathons in a year. I had planned on only Cleveland and Chicago. So I have completed Cleveland, am signed up for Chicago, Cape Cod, and Richmond, as well as considering Skagit Flats, Detroit, and Kiwah Island. This theory to complete marathons celebrating 30 year anniversaries was confirmed on Father's Day weekend in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada when I participated in my first dnf... which I regretted as soon as they took the timing chip off. That start/finish line on a loop course was tempting, already knowing that I was burning from the sun earlier and already dead last!
What is reminding me to email now? Well, the deadline for the cheap price for the Skagit Flats marathon is on the 1st July... and I was going to email the director, trying to save an additional 5U$D off... I want to be part of a group of runners- now matter how sane/insane. Having moved to Pittsburgh recently has really taught me the importance of having running companions, partners, groups, and friends.
6/30 - Mark King #611 (Des Moines, Washington): Mark recently ran marathons on consecutive weekends (Green River and North Olympic Discovery) to qualify for Bronze level status in the Insane Asylum. He has run 9 lifetime marathons, all in Washington and Oregon.
Rhetorical Revelations and W(Rites)…from the Rambunctious Rev
Dear Mr. President,
Or better, Hiya Stevie!
I think I’m in big trouble, Prez.
I’ve been hearing about stuff in our club that just has my head spinning. (A few have pondered how Mr. Dizzy recognizes additional head-spinning, but don’t pay any attention to them.) In 2002, I simply went out jogging to try a marathon for fun and fitness. That’s all. Somewhere in there I started reading running stuff, running in races, and meeting you all. Despite my crossing finish lines after they’ve put them away, you all graciously have shared wisdom and experiences, tips, insights, new friendships, laughs, mutual support, and fascinating new understandings about what I can get myself to do.
But the jig is nearly up for Rev Pokeyfeet. It isn’t that I can’t “keep up” – you’ve wonderfully designed this club to be blind about our times. It is, however, that I can’t keep up…with the tips and secrets. I was doing pretty well I thought. I exchanged my “sneakers” for real running shoes. I learned how to run smoothly, yet not too quickly, down hills. I learned a bit about walking through water stops, and balancing water with energy drinks. I ate my spaghetti like a good boy, though now I’m hearing that strategy is being updated. Fine. Next time. I discovered the necessity of eating in the races, and the efficacy of Gu’s and gels, like ‘em or not. I had to add a sleeved shirt under the singlet. I learned not to go out too fast, to practice different speeds, to train using varieties of distances, even to force myself to run on hills (I did so, once in February, and will again, maybe in September, or perhaps just annually). Some book clarified heart monitors and practicing at VO2 max tempo. Did I ever have that one wrong…thought I was to be practicing at Alberto VO5 shampoo max… I’ve now ceased going to the track fully lathered up, which has dramatically improved the looks I get there.
But this month I heard that if I really want to keep up, I need to do sauna training. Sauna training Prez? First off, isn’t a sauna an inanimate object? How exactly would one train a sauna? “Cool down, boy, no no, heat up, heat up, that’s it, now increase humidity! C’mon, produce a nebulous cloud! Splendid! Alright, take five, here’s another rock….” Then I was informed that, no, I didn’t need to train the sauna, the sauna needed to train me. Now Steve, I’ve lowered myself humbly in many workplaces, but I have never once taken an order from the particular room in which I was employed. But alright. I want to be a good MarathonManiac.
So the idea is that someday I may run a marathon in really oppressive heat, and my body will not like that very much (this I actually knew before 2002), but the phenomenon can be overcome? If only I will do sauna training?
So y’all want me to sit in a sauna, but not for relaxation, nor to clear the pores, nor for that all-over good and cleansed feeling, but to let my internal systems practice processing large amounts of fluids over increasingly longer periods of time so that I will be a happier, healthier, hot weather jogger? Steve-oh, I love you people, I really do. And clearly, y’all are smarter, more talented, and plenty-well better prepared than I am to tackle feats beyond my comprehension. I am honored you haven’t tossed the likes of me right outta here (yet). So, I may be letting you down, Sir, to say that I would probably opt to bargain away one of my coveted stars if I can stay in the club and just drink my Dasani in air conditioning some place. We got a deal?
Your ever impressed, and unendingly loyal MiniManiac,
Maniac Ongoing Discounts
· $10 off marathons put on by Bob Green (his next one is the Gateway to the Pacific Marathon?).
· 15% off shoes, apparel at the Balanced Athlete (Kent, Wa); ask for Eric
· 10% off any running shoes, apparel at the Bellevue, Wa Foot Zone store (ask for Jenny)
· discount on BITE sandals (contact Tony at email@example.com for details)
· More to come in the July / August Newsletter and to the web site soon. The President has written…
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